Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of Mr. Gregory Alba-Mata of Passaic for intending to distribute heroin in Saddle Brook on Monday.
According to a statement released by Bergen County authorities, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2009 Subaru Tribeca on the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 in Saddle Brook.
Officials say during the stop, it was determined that Alba-Mata was in possession of a Pennsylvania driver’s license with his photo and the personal identifying information of another individual.
According to authorities, a search of the vehicle revealed an electronically operated aftermarket hidden compartment in the rear floor.
A subsequent search of Alba-Mata's apartment in Passaic revealed over two pounds of black tar heroin, approximately four pounds of powder heroin, several hundred fentanyl pills, over five ounces of cocaine, a kilo press, and packaging material consistent with a heroin mill.
Police arrested Alba-Mata in Saddle Brook, then charged him with one count of Maintaining A Drug Production Facility, in violation two counts of Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance With Intent To Distribute Heroin And Cocaine, one count of Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance With Intent To Distribute Oxycodone, and one count of Identity Theft, in violation.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would like to thank the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Passaic Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.